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Mike Tyson's billionaire pal for U.S. Senate?



Last time I chased a rumor that billionaire investor Jeff Greene was looking at running for U.S. Senator in Jeffgreene Florida, he told me the idea was "crazy."

Now Chris Cillizza reports that Greene is back in the mix, mulling a run for senate as a Democrat:

... Greene, who became a billionaire over the past few years by pioneering credit default swaps, had been considering whether or not to run as an independent for Senate but with Gov. Charlie Crist (R) seemingly moving toward an independent run of his own Greene is apparently now weighing the idea of challenging Rep. Kendrick Meek for the Democratic nod.

Greene's massive personal wealth makes him a force to be reckoned with if he decides to run - particularly in a state as large (and expensive in which to run) as Florida. According to one well-place source, Greene is reportedly soliciting advice - on an informal basis - from Democratic consultants Doug Schoen, Joe Trippi and Paul Blank. Neither Schoen nor Trippi returned emails seeking comment on a Greene candidacy or their involvement. ...


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:30am]


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